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Understanding The Child Maltreatment Registry In Arkansas

The Child Maltreatment Central Registry is a list maintained by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS). When the Arkansas Crimes Against Children hotline receives a report of child abuse or neglect, it investigates the matter and adds the person's name to the registry if the allegation is found to be true.

Repercussions For Those On The Registry

Having your name on the registry can have far-reaching impacts in many different areas of your life.

People on the registry are not allowed to work or volunteer in an industry that is in any way responsible for the care of another person, including schools, day care centers, hospitals and nursing homes. Even if the job you are seeking is not directly involved with a person's care, you could be ineligible for employment because your name is on the registry. In addition, people on the registry are prevented from adopting a child or being foster parents and guardians.

If you have been notified that you have been placed on the Child Maltreatment Central Registry because of a true finding of abuse or neglect, you only have 30 days to appeal. If you miss this deadline, your name will remain on the registry permanently or until you successfully appeal showing rehabilitation. Be sure that you have an experienced Little Rock Child Maltreatment Registry appeal lawyer representing you throughout the process.

Vigorous Defense For Little Rock

Attorneys at the Law Office of Vickie Lynn Cochran represent clients in appeals of "true findings." We will obtain the necessary files from DHS and conduct our own investigation into the matter. I build a strong defense and present the most compelling possible argument in an effort to prove your innocence.

It is possible to file for removal from the registry if you can show that you have been rehabilitated. There are specific criteria that must be met in order to request a removal on these grounds. We will walk you through the entire process and pursue every available option in an effort to get your name removed from the registry.

Contact Our Office To Talk About Your Situation

Contact our office today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your concerns regarding the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment at other times.

You can reach us by phone at 501-313-1813, toll free at 800-323-8884, or via email to get started.